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Melbourne Festival celebrates the Performing Arts as well as the Creative Arts.
Each year during September and early October there is a programme of Theatre, Concerts, Comedy and much more for you to enjoy.
The 2017 programme will be posted in July 2017. Below is a list of the 2016 Programme to wet your appetite.
The U.K’s favourite Johnny Cash tribute band. The Johnny Cash Show has been established for many years and provides you with a great night of Johnny Cash classics. Going back to the original Sun recording days & songs like Cry, Cry, Cry, through the duets with June Carter, Jackson, Help me make it through the night.Plus, of course all the hits from the vast career of Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue, to name a few.
The Eagles songbook is something to behold. Take It Easy, Best of My Love, Hotel California, One of These Nights, Life In The Fast Lane, New Kid in Town, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, Take It To The Limit, Heartache Tonight, The Long Run, Already Gone… the classics just keep on coming. The Eagles were – still are, in fact – one of the world’s biggest-selling bands ever, shipping over 150m records. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album sold 42m copies alone and the album Hotel California sold 32m copies.
Little Eagle not only perform all the best songs of The Eagles but they also talk about the original band’s history in between tunes, making for a great evening of music and storytelling.
The festival comedy club features 3 top quality comedians and a compere. Heading the line-up is ANDREW BIRD an affable observational comic described by Rhod Gilbert as “funny as hell.”
Ivan Brackenbury, making a return visit to Melbourne, is now a star of his own TV programme “Hospital People” where he is a hapless but bonkers Radio DJ. Jo D’arcy is an up and coming comedian from Stoke, who gave up teaching to make a career in comedy. Compered by Garrett Millerick you are guaranteed an evening of great laughs in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
5-6pm Magic Show for children age 5-11. Come and enjoy the magic. Be amazed at the brilliance of the illusions. Paul will make you laugh!
6:30-7:30pm Balloon Modelling Workshop for young people age 8-18. You will be amazed at the variety of models you can make from balloons. Not to be missed!
Annie Duggan will be performing at the Royal Suite at the Melbourne British Legion half way through her 20th Anniversary year in music tour as part of the Melbourne Festival.
Her life reads like one of the stories that she so eloquently sings about and touches on all genres of music. She is renowned for her ability to connect with the audience where she scoops up emotions and takes you on this musical journey that has spanned two decades. She is a true entertainer in every sense of the word. Her voice is soulful, passionate and reflects the experience that she has had that has taken her all over this country and onto the west coast of America and Texas.
She is difficult to categorise but has been likened to Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks and a whole load of others in between.
“What a voice, what an experience, what entertainment…… not to be missed”………
An event for children age 5-11. Come and have fun with games, bible stories, songs and craft. Cool Phil is back with all his amazing electronic equipment!
Morning session: 10am–12:30
Afternoon session: 1–3pm
(Bring a packed lunch to eat between sessions.)
An afternoon of light-hearted poetry on the theme of TEA washed down with lashings of tea and lots of cake!
Boleyn imagines the last days of Anne Boleyn’s life. It was only a couple of weeks from her arrest to her execution and one question remains. Who was responsible for the case brought against her. Was it King Henry VIII in his desperation for a son? Was it Thomas Cromwell who wanted the “concubine” out of the way? Or did Boleyn bring about her own downfall.
Writer George Gunby says “The play is as much about power, motivation and human behaviour and the lengths people will go to to maintain their position and influence”. Boleyn includes wonderfully talented actors including Sali Gresham, Fliss Goldsmith, Chelsea Anne Richter, Terry Stevenson, Jeff Foster, Larry Waller and Judy Richter.
Ocho’ is an 8 piece vocal ensemble which sings an amazing range of repertoire from sacred music, through the romantic victorian era, Gershwin, to modern popular music featuring Billy Joel, Eva Cassidy and even Jessie J ! Whilst this versatile ensemble has only been formed in 2013, all of the eight singers have great experience in choral singing and have come together to produce a unique and beautiful sound. As we say, there may be eight singers, but they blend together to make ‘one voice’. Truly … something for everyone ! Last year we won Burton Vocal Festival and Biddulph ensemble competition in Stoke. (www.ochosingers.com).
Celebrating the greatest hits of Blondie, this world-class tribute show faithfully reproduces the unforgettable songs and high energy performances of this iconic band, bringing you all the hits from ’74 to the present.For the last four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true musical treasure; a punk band from New York City whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Featuring the vocals of Lorraine Hickleton, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER not only recreate the sound of this legendary rock band but also offer a unique visual experience with specially acquired footage from the USA, authentic costume changes and a truly dynamic performance… an electrifying production described by Radio 4 producer, Susan Marling as “one of the most sound-a-like and look-a-like Blondie tributes ever!” ONE WAY OR ANOTHER captures the rapture of Blondie with the stunning looks and sounds of one of the most influential bands of all time, featuring all the hits including Call Me, Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl, Tide is High, Rapture, Hanging on the Telephone, Denis and Atomic. The complete ‘Blondie experience’… not to be missed.
A concert of solos, duets and ensemble pieces across the historic and style range of the guitar and lute.
Bangers and Brass promises to be a rousing evening of entertainment with Melbourne Town Band and special guests. The theme this year is The Best of British including a celebration of the Battle of the Somme Centenary Commemoration.
As Melbourne Festival comes to an end Melbourne’s talented mixed voice choir return to this years’ Melbourne Festival to bring us a spectacular end to the Summer. Their performance will be directed by their Musical Director Paul Marshall and include a rousing collection of popular songs arranged for the choir. Feel free to singalong!
A rare chance to hear some great jazz in a wonderful setting at a fantastic price.
Derbyshire born saxophonist, Dave
O’Higgins, and bassist Geoff Gascoyne are joined by Graham Harvey on piano and drummer Seb DeKrom. A great line up and a must for jazz lovers.
Sponsored by the Friends of Melbourne Parish Church.
For all of you who enjoyed the performances at this years Festival Melbourne Operatic Society are pleased to present FINDING THE CHARACTER a musical theatre workshop. The aim of the workshop, being led by two experienced performers, is to explore and gain a better understanding of how to portray a character in a theatre or musical production.
Places will be limited to the first 30 people applying – so book early!